[SGC53-P02] Setting up of oxygen extraction system for stable isotope analysis of silicate minerals.
The reaction chamber separate oxygen from silicate minerals by reacting with the fluorine released from CoF3 at 700ºC. After purification of the released oxygen with liquid nitrogen, the gas is passed through KBr trap to remove the excess fluorine. Pure oxygen gas is then allowed to react with graphite at 750ºC, to form carbon dioxide, which is used to measure oxygen isotopes using mass spectrometer.
A technique has been developed in which CoF3 is used as a reagent for quantitative liberation of oxygen from oxides and silicates. By doing several trial experiments, the background in the reaction line was reduced by preheating of KBr trap, the converter and respective filters. For the converter, it was found that good reproducibility can be obtained at 750 ºC and 30 minutes of reaction time. Analysis and measurement of NBS-28 quartz standard reference material were performed, but in this study it was unable to get good reproducibility. The possible reasons and remedies are discussed in detail. The possible candidates that contaminate oxygen are water vapor that instantaneously react with CoF3, reaction of fluorine gas with adsorbed water inside the vacuum line or fractionation of oxygen during transportation inside the line. Further improvements in preparation procedure are being carried out.